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's -- look, there is this divide among -- there's even a divide among the culture in the united states senate where you have a johnny isaacson, a bob corkel. >> they say let's vote. >> we're legislators. we're going to be conservative legislators but we're legislators. then you have a new strain of the republican party, this new crowd that's gotten in there that says, no, you know what, government gets too big when it does anything. whatever. legislating is bad, period. >> don't even debate. >> yes. >> it looks to me like the 29, following up on your thought, a lot of these people like mitch mcconnell aren't born right wingers. howard was sit in that chair yesterday, howard fineman. he said all this thing going on with kentucky, whatever's going on, the taping of that meeting and everything was mitch mcconnell coming out screaming bring in the fbi because he wanted to show he was a real right winger and mad at the left. >> he was tough. it has united conservatives around him. conservatives, the enemy of my enemy is my ally. this is survival. the fact of the matter is, chris, he saw what happe
, in the next weeks and next months in this country but most of the united states senators don't give a rat's ass about it. hate to start with that downer but that's the way it is here on the "full court press" this morning. that's mainly what we're going to be talking about and taking your calls about here on this thursday morning. coming to you live from our nation's capital, just down the street from the scene of that cowardly vote yesterday. and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. looking forward to hearing from you and hearing your outrage on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, be our friend on facebook and tell us where the hell we go from here at facebook.com/billpressshow. man, lots to talk about this morning. we're all here. with peter ogborn and dan henning. >> yes sir. >> good morning. >> bill: we come in even on bad days. alichia cruz is here to take your calls. burn up the phone lines this morning. cyprian bowlding will keep us look calm, cool and collected on the video cam. there's news on a lot of different fronts this morning. actually you probably heard overnight. a massive e
. and now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether democracy works. sounds simple, but it's true. will democracy work to reflect the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people who say we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since, and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators, we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you're ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress, and she said to me, i'm ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the world watches, with benjamin andrew wheeler, age 6. his father, david, his is here today and he is here in spirit as we decide in the united states senate today whether we will move forward toward progress. ana grace marquez greene, also age 6, her mother melba is here t
senate and that leads to the second point. the united states senate is a broken institution. several weeks ago, the vice president of the united states and john lewis stood at the bridge in selma, alabama, commemorating a horrific event there in the 1960s. at that time the united states senate was controlled by democrats. russell long of louisiana and many others. had they been in the united states senate today, had they operated then the way the united states senate operates today, the civil rights legislation of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 would not have been passed. 50 plus one is a majority. not 60 votes. >> all right. >> you know, mika, i've got to go back to the beginning of this session. there was a lot of talk about filibuster reform. i was out there talking about the need for filibuster reform. for whatever reason, the democrats didn't push. i remember saying it. the day they made the rules to get rid of the filibuster, make 50 plus one pass, if they had made that decision when they set up the senate, then this bill would have passed. i got to say just really quickly
on the full court press. we are talking about an amazing vote yesterday in the united states senate, defied all of the nay sayers santa republicanssayers, santa republicans joining almost all of the democrats to open debate on the gun safety issue, which has been a prior to for president obama. only two democrats refused to go along. we will get to your call peter on the sorry media. >> on twitter @bpshow. jim wants to know if it's possible the gop senators want to get democrats' vote on the record as the anti-gun or anti-second amendment. >> that premise, that total question is based upon the wrong prem premises. they are not anti-gun. they are not anti-second amendment. just requiring a criminal being check so a criminal can't buy a gun is not anti-gun. get that through your damn thick head. anything else? >> keep tweet he is @bp show. >> let's jump to the phones here donald. this can't be right. baton rouge illinois. >> from baton rouge, louisiana. >> of course. >> that's where it is. it says illinois on my sheet here i'm sorry, donald. i knew that had to b
cordoned off and tested before it ever gets to a united states senator's office, united states congressman's office or the president of the united states. the fact that it was discovered and is this a case of the system working? >> after september 11th, 2001, there were many changes that the public sees and many they don't. one of the more fundamental ones because of the anthrax incident was channeling all of that mail through a separate facility to detect for these kinds of pois n poisons and toxic chemicals. wi it's one of the many changes that make us a more resilient country. >> how much do we not learn about sometimes? is this a case where this would have been something we may not have learned about but because of what happened in boston everybody is on higher alert? >> i remember vividly i got sworn in on october 8th by then there had been several anthrax attacks and several thereafter. one of the first problems we had was the fact the field tests were inferior and a lot of false positives. horrible hoaxes. i would like to think in intervening ten years the fields tests and it seems
, and it has watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether mockers he works. democracy works. to reflectacy work the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people, who say, we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators. we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you are ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress. she said to me, i am ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the , with benjamin andrew wheeler, age six, his father, david, here today, and andrew -- benjamin is here in spirit when we decide whether we will move forward towards progress. senator blumenthal of connecticut on the floor yesterday. dill tweets in -- let's hear what chris has to
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
of all of our children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. by now it's well known that 90% of the american people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. we're talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. 90% of americans support that idea. most americans think that's already the law. and a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it's not going to happen. because 90% of republicans in the senate just voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here. because the american people are trying to figure out, how can something have 90% support and yet not hap
their son one of the united states senators growing up poor and going to public schoolses an enorus pt the american experience. we he theve brightest in america. young men and women who came to this country through no choice of their home, they came here because their parents came here when they were children. the only national anthem they know is the star-spangled banner. the reality is america is their home. after enormous investments in them after education and they have the opportunity to contribute to america's wealth, growth, and competitiveness we turn our backs to them. so this is a moment to meet one of america's tough examples in a way that it smart, secures our borders and at the end of the .ay preserves our history [speaking spanish] [speakingpanish] thank you very much. [applause] >> actually i changed my mind. i'm kidding. [laughter] >> not again. not again. >> once was enough. [laughter] >> it's been fun. one of the things that makes our nation special and dirvet from the rest of the world we're a nation of immigrants. it can't be said enough. what makes -- what distin w
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
that they have. and to have marco rubio, who's a rising star within the party, who's an hispanic united states senator himself, somebody who is likely to run for president, be a formidable competitor at some point, that tells you that this is a priority that is likely very likely to overcome the resistance from some of the southern conservatives like jeff sessions and others. >> elise, what do you make of the senator's multiple appearances on the talk shows what's the take away for you. >> i know marco rubio wouldn't answer the question guilt 2016. but we have to put this to the test. this is a major test for marco rubio and his brand which is in some ways still having to define itself. we don't want to give amnesty to undocumented immigrants but at the same time we need to do something to overall this system. i think that's what he's doing, he's being very aggressive in his messaging. >> i would just add as a postscript, i well remember appearances by barack obama on sunday talk shows in 2006 and even earlier in 2007 when he said that, no, of course i'm not going to run for president. so i wo
on the amendments process, that's always a treacherous path for the united states senate, people can always introduce poison pills, various amendments on things to hurt the overall legislation. but you'll probably see so many senators in agreement on this, that it might not be that big of a problem. >> how far are we in this process, how much support it has? are they 80% through? >> there's eight senators involved and rubio from 92 senators and then you have to open it up to the house. and president obama has been very supportive. this is a key issue for him. some of the liberal groups are going to say we don't want this to be a trigger for some of the -- democrats offline that it's not a trigger, it's goals and that could be a major sticking point and it's up to obama to say whether that trigger is okay or not and he's going to be taking a lot of pressure so that could be an issue that causes rubio to have some heartburn. >> 50% there? >> i think more than 50% is there, we still have struggles on the house, but it's coming along. >> gun legislation will fit the senate floor as soon as tomo
, lindsay graham, robert menendez, jeff flake, michael beck, as united states senators, representatives of the people, where have you been for the last four years? what have you done to prevent political appointees at ice from ignoring all of congress? what have you done to stop these same political appointees from manipulating pressed data and misleading the american public and members of congress? what have you done to prevent dangerous criminals from being released back into american communities by the thousands? what have you done to protect america's law-enforcement officers who now not only placed their lives at risk to force our nation's loss, but their careers as well as they struggle against political appointees who ordered them not to enforce the law and who ordered them to place the public at risk? of course the answer is you have done nothing. he sat on your hands and watched it happen for four years. i guess it should come as no surprise that you have done nothing in the gang of eight's proposed new legislation to address any of these problems. rightmen, we have laws now th
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
but the newtown parents coming down here and personally leadplead with these united states senators showing unbelievable courage and even that is not enough to make a difference? >> in moments like this, i think you have a chance when you have real-life moments like these parents that are coming down. these are practiced politicians. they would rather be doing something else besides flying down here and remembering their lost children. i think that's why you have joe manchin and toomey. they say this is too important. i connect on a parent level, on a personal level not a on a political level. that's why you have those two leaders willing to at least move the ball down. people like us, i think, don't think this should be the first of 10 votes. >> a voice vote. move on to the hard one. this should be the easy one. but that is the nra strategy is don't give them an inch. so they fight to the death over an inch. it's been a political strategy that lapier and those guys follow all along. >> the last note i saw on this i think was on daily beast or daily caller was
floor as well as in cooperation with their colleagues and ours at the united states senate. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the rule and yes on the underlying bill and i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of me time. i thank my friend from florida for his service on the rules committee and his service on the intelligence committee. the work that goes on on the intelligence committee, mr. speaker is work that so many members of congress co-not involve themselves in. it goes on deep in the bowls of the cap -- bowels of the capitol complex, it's great security, all electronic devices left outside the door, they can discuss things within the four twhifles committee that we're not allowed to discuss things. when they asked me to hand they will rule, i was concerned, because throughout this process of developing cispa, i've traveled down to that committee room time and time again in order to understand the threats that this nation
. these concerns continue in the united states senate today. about emails thing that was raised again by senator boozman. i explain my idea of having a secondary email was started by christie todd whitman and is continued by democrats and the balkans following. one republican had as a moniker, tofu@epa.com. in order to figure out what they need to answer, they have done that. i would like to ask you for the record, i understand the epa inspector general is looking into the agency's emailed management practices. are you aware of this ever and could you describe us what you know as of this date how that is going? >> inspector general is doing an audit, which we are participating in. i certainly feel and i believe the agency does as well that it is a great opportunity for us to have their independent view of what we can do well and approval on. the acting administrator is working closely with them and we are going to be taking their recommendations to heart and doing everything we can improve the system at epa, as we always would. >> ok. i will yield my time to senator vitters. i have to ask you --
-hour conversation between the senate and the president of the united states about the most substantial issues that we face in debate on the floor and got a better understanding from where everybody is coming from and a better understanding of where we need to get to. >> brian: when you made up the roster, why was it important that marco rubio be on it? >> well, i love all my senate colleagues. i picked the 11 other people other than myself that i thought represented the south, the north, the midwest and the west, both in the political spectrum, new england, moderates, right of center. i tried to get a good coalition that represented what the senate republicans stood for. >> brian: marco rubio was able to come. in terms of an engagement, was there anyone who engaged more with the president when it came to economic issue, guns or immigration? >> no, in fact, immigration came up a little, same thing in terms of guns. most of the discussion was about fiscal policy, about the tax policy, about revenues, about entitlements. that was the gist of the meeting and the heart of the meeting. >> brian: wh
government, local units of getting, getting the senate involvement in it and that. so i'd like maybe you to reflect on and tell us things you think. i know, there's good operation. everybody has gotten your budget cut. you have gotten your budget cut. that means fewer people, you know, doing boater education on zebra mussel. you have fewer people talking about, you know, one problem we have incurred in the national forseeses. people fish along stream and used to dump the earthworms, you know, thinking this is good. they help the forest. i remember doing it as a kid. there wasn't any education, there wasn't any discussion about it. there was a research about what it meant when everybody was dumping their earthworms around trees. so do not! they don't in to -- [inaudible] [laughter] no. but if you could just kind of, you know, tell us a little bit about how, you know, maybe we have an endangered species legislation. maybe we need an invasive species legislation. maybe we need to talk about how we put all hands on deck both at the national, federal, local and community level on dealing with
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